Theres a lot of discussion about this, but here is the issue.
New players are overwhelmed by interface, underwhelmed by NPCs.
The great fun of EvE is PVP. Even if you’re a miner or pve-ratter your life is SPENT avoiding PVP and ganks.
The problem for new players is they never get to experience this thrill.
They start in High Sec. No ganker is going to waste time on them.
They are bored out of their minds doing missions that earn you nothing.
You can make 100x as much isk doing Project discovery than you can doing Lvl1 missions.
Make a special security space that let’s people treat new players with more threat.
Dont give them an LS experience.
Just give them the fear of LS.
Maybe a slower Concord response in some beginner systems that only allow smaller T1 and lower metas to jump in.
A kind of Factional warfare for noobs to play around in but have a fighting chance too and to dodge PvP as well.
Starting in HS feels like a million miles away.
And theres no real way from HS to any other space without being intensely interested enough to figure out the game.